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    Hi I have been adding a lot of mixed nuts into my full cream yoghurt with a splash of honey for a breakfast substitute but have read that cashew nuts are not ideal??? has anyone got a list of nuts i can use?

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    Macadamias and cocnut are the best due to their superior fatty acid profile. I think I read that walnuts are the worst with their very high n-6 content?

    To be honest I don't usually eat much nuts these but I will sometimes have macadamias, coconut (quit often) and almonds.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Rich View Post
      Hi I have been adding a lot of mixed nuts into my full cream yoghurt with a splash of honey for a breakfast substitute but have read that cashew nuts are not ideal??? has anyone got a list of nuts i can use?
      The top 2 favorites for PB people are macadamia and almonds. (and coconut if you count that as a nut) Macadamias have the best O3-O6 ratio around. Nuts and Omega 6 Fats | Mark's Daily Apple

      Originally posted by CavemanJoe View Post
      I think I read that walnuts are the worst with their very high n-6 content?
      Not quite. Yes, they have a lot of O6, but as long as you are getting good whole, raw walnuts there isn't much to worry about as it is the oxidized O6 you are to worry about. Also the English Walnut (what I eat) has the most O3 of pretty much any readily available nut around. Sure its in the plant form which isn't converted very efficiently but still a fair amount of O3 to add to your diet.
      Primal Wisdom: Paleo Diet Basics: Why I Eat Walnuts

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      • #4
        I remember a chart Mark posted before which showed a very good O3:O6 ratio for cashews which is why I've been eating them. Did I miss something?

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        • #5
          Technically speaking cashews are legumes, and if you are going to eat them they should be soaked in water to remove phytates.

          The best nuts IMO are macadamias, Brazil nuts in limited quantities for Selenium and pecans.

          Personally, except for coconut milk I eat them in very limited quantities and seldom, because I tend to overdo it when I do.

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          • #6
            I'm pretty sure I've read on MDA that cashews are a seed, not a legume (or nut).

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            • #7
              I love macedamias but they're so expensive. I still buy some but I need another nut to help keep my avg nut cost down.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Ghshl View Post
                I'm pretty sure I've read on MDA that cashews are a seed, not a legume (or nut).
                Yep!

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                • #9
                  Add in Brazil nuts in small quantities as a 'whole food supplement' to provide selenium

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                  • #10
                    I wouldn't restrict myself to just one or two types of nuts based on fatty acid profiles. I'm a big fan of almonds.

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                    • #11
                      The best nuts are whichever ones you can buy in bulk and still have a decent amount left a few days later. Unfortunately most seem to disappear at an alarming rate in my presence. I used to get dry-roasted almonds until I realized they were like a candy substitute and were often consumed out of laziness in lieu of cooking. I switched to raw almonds & pecans (less oxidized PUFA, marginally less addictive) and have been rationing them as additions to my standard BAS in 1- or 2-oz quantities. The biggest risk with nuts IMO is not the O6:O3 profile, it's sitting down with the whole goddamn BAG when hungry. Eat something else first.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Rich View Post
                        Hi I have been adding a lot of mixed nuts into my full cream yoghurt with a splash of honey for a breakfast substitute but have read that cashew nuts are not ideal??? has anyone got a list of nuts i can use?
                        Cashews are one of the best. Macadamias are usually listed as the best because of the high MUFA content and low PUFA content, but they're also one of the highest in fat (and therefore overall caloric content), lowest in protein and lowest in overall nutrient content. I'd honestly take a cashew over a macadamia because they're less calorically dense, more nutrient dense and still quite low in PUFA's. Oh yea, and I think they taste better! Hazelnuts are another great option due to low PUFA content.

                        Honestly, nuts are one of those things where if you can deal with none in your diet, that's probably the best. They are super high in calories (higher than chocolate!) and the fat composition is pretty poor, but if you control consumption and they're the worst thing in your diet, you're doing well. Walnuts are the highest in PUFA, but I consume them the most. I toss half a handful into my salads sometimes, and at that rate I'm not worrying about it. If they're a daily staple, maybe now it'll matter more and try to stay confined to cashews, macadamias and hazelnuts due to fatty acid profile.
                        Don't put your trust in anyone on this forum, including me. You are the key to your own success.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Ghshl View Post
                          I'm pretty sure I've read on MDA that cashews are a seed, not a legume (or nut).
                          Okay. I stand corrected. However, Livestrong and some other references online claim cashews are legumes in their botanical sense.

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